Review: Cancer Registry Management

Here is what we have learned from this unit:

  • Cancer registry supervisors, with different educational backgrounds and management styles, are directly responsible for overseeing daily cancer registry operations.
  • The Standards of the Commission on Cancer, Vol. I: Cancer Program Standards and Vol. II: Registry Operations and Data Standards (ROADS), provide a basis for objective development by outlining all requirements that must be met to attain approval.
  • Cancer registry position descriptions should be specific enough to outline all job responsibilities, yet flexible enough to allow for staff and cancer program growth.
  • Planning is required to ensure that registry staffing meets the requirements of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Productivity standards should clearly define departmental and individual staff expectations, as well as performance and evaluation methods.
  • Every registry within a CoC-approved cancer program must develop and maintain a policy and procedure manual that documents each phase of cancer registry operations.